This is a word puzzle, IMO, so think about the letter "I" alone in a word. And "with" my ....The word "with" has a lone I. "And hInt of rIches...Both hint and riches have a lone I in them. Let's look at "it". A lone I again. New and old are elements of TIME. The word "time" has a lone I in it. "It" has to have an antecedent, like many have discussed. Is "it" actually TIME? My point is put the maps down till you have discovered the method, then the clues and at this point the map will be useful. The first "I" in the poem isn't necessarily FF, maybe it's just the letter I.
So I don't think that BOTG are needed. I could be wrong, it's all interpretation on this. But I just don't think you need BOTG, except of course that final one to get the treasure.
I would agree.
For searchers traveling long distances to the Rockies, say from England, or Florida, or Australia, or Mars, the only way they could travel to the Rockies with a viable solution, and not be fools who waste money, is to have solved, to their satisfaction, at least a few of the initial nine clues. That would give them confidence that the remaining clues could be deciphered upon arrival at their general search area. They thus solve, correctly or incorrectly, several initial clues from the comfort of their own homes.
To assume that BOTG is required to solve all nine clues does not strike me as logical. Among other things, it presumes that all nine clues apply to an area that can only be searched via walking/hiking, which would mean a very small area.
If the search area is that small, why do you need 9 clues? Why not 2 or 3 or 5?
No, the general search area must be relatively large, to accommodate so many clues, and if the searcher misinterprets any clue along the way, searcher thus fails.
Given what I presume to be a relatively large "general" search area, I think searchers can indeed solve at least some, and probably most, of the clues from the comfort of their own homes, no BOTG needed.
Welcome back, drifter. I like what you just said about about the irrelevancy of land ownership/ management. In regards to the alone statement- I feel forrest may have said he can be alone in his thoughts surrounded by a group of people.
I am currently looking into the possibility of trespassing being the ONLY way to retrieve the chest. Turning us all into hardened criminals. Lol. I know jail cells are cold. I'd be willing to go to jail for a million dollars.
Please be careful. I really believe it's on public land.
I've found the word 'dear' to be loaded with a ton of different meaning, from beloved to confidential....in fact, many imply a place that isn't necessarily beloved; synonyms like private, high, excessive, costly, overboard, wasteful, obtrusive, etc. should be considered when working on the poem!